How long does it take an older dog to get used to a puppy?
It can take up to one month for an old dog and new dog to really settle in and accept each other’s position in the pack.
Is it OK to bring a puppy home to an older dog?
Puppies should be examined by a veterinarian ideally before entering a new environment, to ensure you’re not introducing any health issues into the mix. Also, both puppies entering the new home and older dogs already in the home should be up-to-date on their vaccines, including core vaccines like: Distemper.
Do dogs get jealous of new puppies?
Your dog is used to being your companion, and if there are other dogs that are taking you away, they are going to act upset, jealous, and even angry. This new puppy is also on their territory, and they may feel like their life is in jeopardy. This behavior is perfectly normal.
Should I let older dog growl at puppy?
That precious puppy has to learn boundaries and how to behave, and the older dog is the one to teach him. But more than this, it’s wrong to punish the older dog for growling, as his behavior is completely natural.
How do I know if my dog will accept a new puppy?
What to Do During the Initial Meeting
- Head to the meeting spot with the dogs separately.
- Try bringing the dogs together and let them greet each other.
- Expect the dogs to sniff, circle, play, urinate or simply ignore each other.
- If the animals try to fight, it’s time to intervene.
- Keep the initial interaction brief.
Will an older dog hurt a puppy?
Older dogs may be wise and tolerant, but they’re not saints… and puppies who step too far over the line, or do it too often, will be corrected. If the first gentle correction doesn’t work, growling, nipping or even physical dominance will be used.
How do I know if my older dog likes the new puppy?
Give your older dog extra love. Your older dog might act out if they feel they are being snubbed in favor of a new puppy. Be sure to share a bit more time with your older dog than with your new puppy. Dogs of all ages appreciate petting, verbal praise, and opportunities for play.
Do older dogs get jealous of new puppies?
Many older dogs will be upset, jealous, or even angry with a new puppy, especially if the older dog has been an only dog. It’s going to be important to make sure the older dog gets lots (more than normal) of attention to alleviate potential hurt feelings.